Barthel Funeral Home


Robert Whittaker

July 5, 1926November 12, 2020

With infinite sadness, his family announces that Bob passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the age of 94.

He is reunited with his beloved wife of 68 years, Agnes (nee Westrop d. 2018). He is also predeceased by his brothers Jack, Bill, and Lloyd and his son-in-law Don Vernon.

Loving father of Robert Grant (Shirley), Mary Jane Vernon, Greg (Vasile), and Jeff (Gwen). Proud grandfather of Jenifer (Ally), Janice (Jeff), Robert Glen (Melissa), Marsha (Tom), Angela (Mike), Alan (Danielle), and Angelyn (Kyle) and great-grandfather of Ethan, Daniel, Claire, Ava, Eric, Leah, Abigail, J.D., Shaylene, Robert Griffin, Lily, Aidan, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Dawn, and Remy. Bob will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings Eleanor (Mel) Mehr, George, and Laureen McGill, members of the Westrop family and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Preston, a W.W. II Navy Veteran, worked as a Maintenance Electrician through his life and was very active in the community. He was the volunteer Deputy Fire Chief of the Preston Fire Department, an artistic woodworker (Intarsia), and an active, lifetime member of the Preston Legion, Branch #126 but the most important thing in his life was his family, especially, his grandchildren.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held when it is safe to do so.

As expressions of sympathy, donations in Bob's memory to the Preston Legion, Branch #126 would be appreciated by his family.


  • Preston Legion Branch #126


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Robert Whittaker

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November 23, 2020

So sorry to Bob's family about his passing. I knew Bob as a kid, baseball, hockey and he alway's took the time to stop and talk to you. later was part of the Preston Fire Dept. and Bob was Depty Chief. Bob was a good man and an icon in the town. R.I.P. Mike & Christine Gaetan

Kim Rouse

November 17, 2020

My condolences to the Whittaker family. I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He is reunited with his beautiful wife.
Love, hugs, and blessings to you all.
Love Kim Rouse 💔❤
French River

Jayne Gray

November 17, 2020

You will be dancing with Agnes for Christmas! Bob & Agnes, our only true connection with Westrops. Sandra (my Dad's only sister) & Ted. Thank you for always being the half way point of our visiting family from the west. The drinks were always cold, a swim always an option and of course many memories shared.
Our deepest condolences to your family, The Gray Family
(Tina, Jayne, Janet & Al & Families)

April Stel

November 16, 2020

Uncle Bob was such a wonderful man. As one of the Westrop Grandkids, we went to pool parties at Rose Street and that is one of the few memories I have of my childhood. Learning to swim there.
I reunited with Uncle Bob and Aunt Agnes when we moved back to Cambridge when I was a teenager after living for years in Alberta. I was always welcomed by both but had a special relationship with Uncle Bob. I remember him always taking time for me and introduced me to his camera. And then with his woodwork the last time I was home.
I will forever miss him but I know he is back with Aunt Agnes.
As a family we were blessed to have such a gentle man in our lives.
My love always
April and Roy Stel

Erin McDonald

November 16, 2020

My condolences to the whole family.... Sending Peace and Love!❤️

Lynda Jones

November 16, 2020

I always looked forward to seeing Mr Whittaker coming into Home Hardware. He was a very pleasant man. We would always have a small conversation and I would ask what he was working on. He was so talented. I was amazed at his workmanship! I loved seeing pictures that his family posted! He will be missed:(

Chris Westrop

November 15, 2020

Uncle Bob I wish there were words to say how much you will be missed. I am very thankful that I had the chance to see you and Aunt Agnes as often as I did the past few years.

Love always Chris & Angela Westrop and family.

Linda Schlueter

November 15, 2020

Many great memories from Rose st. My son learned how to swim in the pool. Such great friendly hosts every visit. I thank you for your service in the war and your service as a fantastic friend and family man. You will always be in our hearts. RIP Bob.

Paul Fatijewski

November 15, 2020

So sad to hear about Bob's passing.
Bob and Agnes were my second parents.
Memories of my time at 641 Rose playing Crib with Bob to being fed wonderful suppers. Where my parents did not attend any of my minor hockey games, Bob and Agnes were always there. Thank you and may you rest in peace.

Debra Gilpin

November 14, 2020

I had so many chats with Bob at the Cambridge 50+ Centres- Allan Reuter Centre and David Durward Centre particularly in the wood shops. He was a talented man but most of all I will remember how respectful he was of staff and the others in the shops. Such a gentleman he was!
You will be missed Bob!


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